Archive for High Tech & Electronics Industry

GTM Research Update: Merchandise Trade Analysis

In March I provided a brief overview of the global trade management (GTM) solutions market and discussed some of the factors that encourage companies to invest in these solutions. There are a few “independent variables” that can explain GTM sales. Among them are regulation and compliance complexity, regulatory fine risks, supply chain complexity, and tariff costs. Public policy is a major determinant of trade tariffs and regulatory compliance risks. However, trade volumes affect total tariff […]

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IBM Continues to Improve their Supply Chain Control Towers

IBM manages more than $30 billion a year as part of its supply chain, with thousands of supply chain managers and analysts worldwide. IBM is using Watson and huge troves of weather and location data – IBM acquired The Weather Company last year – to improve their supply chain risk management program.

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Xilinx Outsources their Demand Management Process

Outsourcing is very common in supply chain management. But one thing very few companies outsource is demand management. In fact, until I talked to Lori Pouquette, the vice president of global customer operations at Xilinx, I had never heard of a company outsourcing demand management processes.

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Dell’s Perfect Order Journey

Dell has a complex supply chain. And, this complexity has, over time, had a corrosive effect on Dell’s order fulfillment performance. In Dell’s case, when they dug into this by talking to customers, what they heard over and over was “I want you to build, ship, and deliver what I ordered, when you said you would.”

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ON Semiconductor’s Supply Chain Risk Management Program is a Competitive Weapon

I talked to Brent Wilson, SVP of Global Supply Chain Operations at ON Semiconductor, about their supply chain risk management program. ON Semiconductor is a premier supplier of energy efficient innovations in the semiconductor industry. The public company, headquartered in Phoenix, has a truly global supply chain with over 90 locations globally. Brent believes their capabilities in supply chain risk management are a competitive differentiator for them, that they can recover from disasters more quickly […]

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An Innovator’s Journey to a Segmented Supply Chain

Kehat Shahar, the Vice President of Supply Chain Planning at SanDisk, spoke on the journey that SanDisk has taken to improve their supply chain operations at the eft conference on June 18th in Chicago.  While most of the content for this article came from the speech at eft, some information came from the company’s 10-K, and some from an interview Mr. Shahar gave at a JDA conference that is posted on LinkedIn. SanDisk is a leader […]

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FAA Proposal Puts Limits on Commercial Drones Use

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a remote controlled drone delivering a package to my house? It appears as though the future is here. Well, not so fast. As noted in last Friday’s news roundup, the FAA revealed a proposal over the regulation of commercial drones in the US. With the release of the initial proposal, we now enter a sixty day comment period where lobbyists from a variety […]

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Are Driverless Trucks the Solution to the Driver Shortage?

Things are certainly changing in the trucking industry. Even though demand is rising, the industry is facing a monumental challenge in its shortage of qualified and licensed drivers. The driver shortage has been at the forefront of trucking news for some time, and we have certainly covered it here at Logistics Viewpoints. With the ongoing investments in research and development for driverless vehicles, could this be the solution to the driver shortage? Driverless cars have […]

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Google’s Robot Strategy

Google was in the news today.  Google has signed a 60-year lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving robotics as well as aviation and space exploration. Starting in 2013, Google acquired several companies that produce robots or supporting technologies including Japan-based, Schaft Inc. which makes humanoid robots; US-based, Industrial Perception makes robot arms and robot vision; Boston Dynamics makes […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 16 – 22)

I’m sure everyone’s Facebook feed has been jammed with friends and family members (and links to celebrities) taking the ice bucket challenge. For those of you who don’t know what the ice bucket challenge is, I’ll explain. If you are challenged, you have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water on your head, film it, post it, and challenge some friends to do the same, or you are to donate $100 to […]

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